CALIFORNIA — The plaintiff’s decedent’s second trial related to claims that Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) talcum powder products caused her mesothelioma ended a mistrial on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The plaintiffs filed suit against fifteen companies in May of 2017, alleging that exposure to asbestos caused the thirty year old attorney to develop mesothelioma. The plaintiff’s decedent Antione Bostic passed away on October 2017; one month prior, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, adding talcum powder defendants, including J&J.
The plaintiffs first trial ended in May of 2018; the jury deliberated for less than a day before stating that additional deliberations would be of no help, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. In the instant matter, the jury came to the same conclusions after a full day of deliberations.